Last updated 30 January 2006: changed Naultinus link to correct page.

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Subfamily DIPLODACTYLINAE - Diplodactyline Geckos


Subfamily DIPLODACTYLINAE - the "Pacific" Geckos

The diplodactyline geckos are found in the range of Australian, New Zealand and New Caledonia. The family includes the world's largest geckos. Most of the diplodactylids lay a pair of soft-shelled eggs that lack calcite, while the rest are ovo-viviparous.

Please note that this section of the gecko pages is under revision and will be added to shortly.

Genus Common Name No. of species Distribution Notes
Bavayia     New Caledonia  
Carphodactylus Chameleon Geckos 1 Australia   
Crenodactylus Knob-Tailed Gecko 1 Australia  
Diplodactylus   39 Australia  
Eurydactylodes   2 New Caledonia  
Heteronotia   Australia  
Heteropholis     New Zealand (South Island) Members of this genus have now been reassigned to Naultinus: the name may occur in older literature.
Hoplodactylus     New Zealand  
Lucasium Beaded Geckos 1 Australia  
Naultinus     New Zealand  
Nephurus Knob-Tailed Geckos   Australia  
Oedura Velvet Geckos   Australia  
Phyllurus Leaf-Tailed Geckos   Australia  
Pseudothecadactylus   3 Australia  
Rhacodactylus   6 New Caledonia  
Rhynchoedura   Australia  
Saltuarius Leaf-Tailed Geckos 5 Australia  
Underwoodisaurus Thick-Tailed Geckos 2 Australia  


Lizards of the World, Mattison

Breeding and Keeping Geckos, Coborn, TFH 1995 - a particularly valuable book for lesser known geckos, especially the Diplodactylines, although some of the taxonomic data now seems to be outdated.

Keeping and Breeding Lizards, Mattison

Geckos: Keeping and Breeding Them in Captivity, Walls and Walls, TFH 1999.

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